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Teddy bear had 750 bags of heroin in him

Always suspect the bear.

A prosecutor in Massachusetts says 750 bags of heroin were found stuffed inside a teddy bear in a child's bedroom during a drug raid.

Imagine how that bear must have been feeling.

Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gulluni said the drugs were found Wednesday in a Springfield apartment.

Gulluni says 22-year-old Joshua Santiago was arrested and charged with drug trafficking.

Police say they also seized cocaine, drug paraphernalia, a handgun with a defaced serial number and ammunition from the apartment.

It was not immediately clear if Santiago has an attorney to comment on his behalf.

No comment from the bear.

— Associated Press

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Facebook Live video helps Pittsburgh police crack case

From WTAE: Investigators said a Facebook Live video helped them get the break they needed to file charges against a suspect in the murder of a 25-year-old woman in December.

Myanne Redman, 25, was shot and killed in Pittsburgh's East Hills neighborhood on Dec. 19.

According to a criminal complaint, police developed Isaiah Booker, 23, as a potential suspect in the case very early in their investigation.

In February, Booker had posted a Facebook Live video in which gunshots are heard along with what sounds like a police officer saying "Stop, get your hands up. Stop." The video goes off after a police siren is heard.

Read more about how police solved the case at WTAE.

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Dude figured he'd grow weed, since ... it'll be legal soon

Vermont police have arrested a man who acknowledged growing marijuana to prepare for possible statewide legalization of the drug.

St. Albans police say they came across Michael Marshall while investigating a hunting violation. Marshall fled into a house after a confrontation with police, and then consented to a search of the residence. Police say they then found and seized 13 full-grown marijuana plants and 27 smaller plants.

Police say Marshall told them he thought marijuana would be legalized soon, so he wanted to get an early start on growing it for future sale.

The possession of small amounts of marijuana has been decriminalized in the state of Vermont, but it is still illegal for recreational use.

Police issued Marshall a citation to appear in court next month.

— Associated Press

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WTF is the dangerous new sex trend 'stealthing'?

From Elite Daily: Have you ever been "stealthed"?

Don't know because you've never heard that word before? Well, let me break it down for you here.

According to a new paper published in the Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, "stealthing" is an awful trend where men purposely take their condoms off secretly mid-sex, without the consent of the other person.

In the paper, author Alexandra Brodsky explains that this isn't an uncommon form of sexual assault.

She actually found multiple websites devoted to letting victims share their information and stories about stealthing, and she even discovered a Reddit thread full of over 70 comments regarding users' experiences with the topic.

It may seem like NBD to a lot of the dudes who do it, but to any victim of stealthing, this is an extremely violating experience.

Read what some victims have to say about it at Elite Daily.

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Philly fuzz kill buzz on pot club's 'Spring Fling'

Talk about a buzzkill.

Philadelphia police were continuing to investigate after raiding a pot-smoking party at a city warehouse, arresting 22 people and seizing 50 pounds of marijuana.

Police say Saturday night's event was organized on social media and advertised as the "Philly Smoke Session, Spring Fling, VIP event."

Police say another 175 people at the event were allowed to leave after the raid Saturday night.

Police seized $50,000 in cash and four handguns.

Some people protested the arrests Sunday, saying the event was designed to promote medical marijuana and other cannabis-based products. Some of those in attendance say they use marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder and medical issues.

The city's Department of Licenses and Inspections says the party was illegal and unsafe because of the crowd size, use of butane torches and only one exit.

— Associated Press

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Someone shipped a Pa. pastor 10 pounds of weed, but who?

Police are trying to determine who shipped 10 pounds of marijuana from California to a pastor in the Philadelphia suburbs.

Yeadon police tell WTXF the drugs arrived Thursday, in bundles stuffed into a plastic bucket inside a cardboard box that was delivered by United Parcel Service.

But the woman who received it is a church pastor who tells authorities it wasn't meant for her. Police believe someone else might have been instructed to watch for the package, but failed to pick it up.

Police Chief Donald Molineux says the pastor is "very upset and traumatized" and afraid someone might come to her home looking for the drugs.

Police are hoping surveillance video from a drop-off location will identify who shipped the package.

— Associated Press

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City-approved homeless camp pissing off North Side residents

A hillside along Howard Street on the North Side is where several homeless people have set up camp.

You can't miss their tents and belongings, but one homeless man says they are allowed to be there.

"This is a campsite the city supposedly bought and the mayor supplied for homeless people," he said.

As it turns out, the man is right. It is part of a city initiative, sponsored by the Homeless Outreach Coordinating Committee. The Mayor's Office says these homeless people have the city's permission to be there and to live there.

Paul Hendrick is a homeowner above the camp on Compromise Street in Deutschtown and he's very angry.

"How would the mayor like us to camp out in his front yard – human feces, rats, just using the bathroom and doing what they want up there, litter," he said.

Read more from KDKA.

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The dope on all the 420 love

April 20 is not just any day. It's the day.

It's the cannabis culture's Christmas Day.

While most folks understand that 420 ("four-twenty," never "four-hundred and twenty") has everything to do with marijuana use, not everyone knows just why.

Snopes.com has the scoop:

[The 420] origins appear to lie in the escapades of a group of friends from San Rafael high school, northern California, in 1971. That autumn, the five teenagers came into possession of a hand-drawn map supposedly locating a marijuana crop at Point Reyes, north-west of San Francisco. The friends — who called themselves the Waldos because they used to hang out by a wall — met after school, at 4:20 pm, and drove off on their treasure hunt.

(btw, it's not a police code for someone smoking pot.)

These days, with so many states turning legal — medicinal and rec — the party is just gettin' bigger and bigger each year.

There's plenty of parties planned across the country. Forbes has gathered together 17 of the craziest 420 cannabis celebrations. From the Bud Drop (a la the Times Square ball) in San Francisco to a Cannabis and Sex for Beginners class in Seattle, a free mini-workshop where you can learn how cannabis can enhance your sex life.

There's also a joint concert with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa planned at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, but that doesn't happen until 4/23 (April 23).

Around here in Pittsburgh, we can't clue you in on any big 420 parties. But we're pretty sure you've got connections.

In preparation, Merry Jane, a "resource for news, culture, and video covering cannabis and beyond," went out on the streets of Los Angeles to find out how folks are planning to celebrate.

Now not every state has legalized weed. Currently, it's just 26 states and D.C. that have passed marijuana laws (with three more having recently passed laws). Here's a quick and handy guide to where (and exactly what) you can indulge in from Governing.com.

Wanna know the fact sheet on Pittsburgh's weed scene? We're not sure how up-to-date the info is, but We Be High has a Pittsburgh page with details on the city's smoking tolerance level, legislation, law enforcement, where to buy, prices and brands.

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